Based from the approved list of projects released by DILG Central Office, 82.91 percent or 296 of these identified projects are core local access roads with a total allocation of P753,702,535.00; 10.64 percent or 38 are water systems projects amounting to P 99,546,000.00; 5.88 percent or 21 are evacuation facilities worth P 69,969,000.00; and two small water impounding project worth P 4,500,000.00.
In his budget message to Congress for Fiscal Year 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said “Our goal is to strengthen LGUs as able partners in national development. We fulfill this not by giving them additional funds out of political will or favor: we will condition such resources on their implementation of higher good governance standards, improvement of their capacity to generate resources, and strengthening of their ability to deliver basic services.”
The budget cap for each municipality is based on the equal share of each covered municipality from the total program allocation of P 19.43 billion as provided by Republic Act No. 10924 which authorized the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017; per capita share; years-based share computed from previous national government allocations to the municipality; and share for good performance.
Good performance is based on compliance to Public Financial Management, as assessed by the Department of Budget, and passer of the Good Financial Housekeeping of the DILG which includes no adverse Commission on Audit (COA) findings and compliance to full disclosure policy.
On this basis, the first batch of recipients of ADM in the Region include 33 municipalities with a total of 213 projects worth P 428,720,814.00. These are the municipalities of Bucay, Luba, Malibcong, Manabo, Pilar, San Juan, Tubo and Villaviciosa in Abra; Flora, Apayao; Atok, Bakun, Bokod, Buguias, Kapangan, Itogon, Kabayan, La Trinidad, Mankayan, Sablan and Tublay in Benguet; Asipulo, Hungduan, Lagawe and Lamut in Ifugao; Balbalan, Lubuagan and Rizal in Kalinga; Barlig, Bontoc, Natonin, Paracelis, Sagada and Tadian in Mt. Province.
Funds were directly downloaded by the Bureau of Treasury to the municipalities as of April 19, 2017, and project implementation are expected to commence once the implementation guidelines are released. LGUs are advised to prepare the following documents which must be readily available at the LGUs at the onset of implementation: detailed engineering design/program of work, permits/clearances, site of project, maintenance and insurance funds, procurement and project implementation timelines.
The rest of the Cordillera municipalities will be included in the next batch once the conditionalities for good performance are met.
The DILG is tasked to ensure that LGUs comply with all the requirements and provide appropriate technical assistance for successful project implementation. # Carol G. Gano, with reports from Sesvir Lopez.